Monday, February 14, 2011
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Clayton News Daily
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From Staff Reports
On the eve of a potential No. 1 ranking in Division II, the Clayton State Laker women's basketball team received some wonderful individual news on Monday.
The Peach Belt Conference released its weekly honors, and Laker forward Tehama Tillman was selected Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week. This marks the first time since the 2005-06 season that a player from Clayton State has received a weekly Peach Belt Conference honor in women's basketball.
Tillman, a 5-foot-9 senior from High Point, N.C., was the fire that ignited the fire for Clayton State (24-0, 13-0 PBC) last week in two big Laker victories. For the week, she averaged 25.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game and shot a whopping 71 percent from the field.
She scored 24 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field in Clayton State's 83-81 thriller over Lander in a battle of the top two-ranked teams in Division II. In that game, Tillman also had four rebounds and three steals as the Lakers became the only remaining undefeated team in the nation in Division II.
Tillman followed that performance with a season-high 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field with five rebounds and five assists in Clayton State's 80-60 rout over visiting Francis Marion on Saturday.
For the season, Tillman is averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, while shooting 52 percent from the field. She is currently fifth in the PBC in field goal percentage, sixth in scoring and 10th in steals. In addition, Tillman is also only 108 points shy of 1,000 for her Clayton State career.
Clayton State plays next at in-state rival Columbus State on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.